Thanks to the generous donations from Zions Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Ralph and Cheri Atkin family, among many other benefactors, the new fitness circuit training facility will be a welcome recreational addition adjacent to the already installed sand volleyball courts and Pavilion.
When completed, the “D-Circuit” facility, shaped as Dixie’s iconic block “D” and designed by Mesa Consulting Group of St. George, will feature eight workout stations. Each station will boast shade and lighting structures so DSC students, faculty and staff, and the community can utilize the facility day and night. The circuit training facility will also complement the recently installed DSC President’s Fitness Loops, a system of five walking or jogging trails ranging from .25 to 2 miles in length around and through the DSC campus.
The Fitness Loops, along with the soon to be constructed “D-Circuit” facility, will make DSC the place for students, faculty and staff, and the community to not only exercise their minds, but their bodies as well.
“This is a place where students can to do for their body what they’re here to do for their mind,” President Nadauld said. “We want to send the message to our students that we value fitness, that we want them to be physically fit as well as mentally fit.”
The “D-Circuit” and Fitness Loops are all part of the College’s “Centennial Celebration: Bridging a New Century of Service” fundraising campaign, spearheaded by campaign co-chairs and Dixie alumni, Ralph and Cheri Atkin. The campaign’s goal to raise $7 million in committed endowment dollars includes at least $4 million to fund a number of campus capital projects. To coincide with the construction of the new Jeffery R. Holland Centennial Commons Building, which will be completed this May, the campaign will raise money through naming opportunities to improve and enhance the heart of Dixie’s campus with the construction of two new plazas – the Encampment Plaza and Centennial Plaza.
In addition to the creation of the Encampment and Centennial Plazas, DSC hopes to raise $3 million to fund three endowed academic chair positions in DSC’s four-year accounting, education and communication programs. The creation and funding of these three new positions will enhance Dixie State College’s chances to eventually gain university status.
Dixie State’s Centennial Campaign began in 2000, with the goal of raising $100 million by the end of 2011 - $1 million for each year of Dixie’s existence. Due to the generous support of Dixie’s dedicated alumni, friends, benefactors and the state of Utah, that goal was accomplished in 2010.
Over that time span, a number of campaign successes were realized, including the George and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center, the Mobile Dental Hygiene Clinic, the Stephen and Marcia Wade Alumni House, the Kathryn Lloyd Richards Sculpture Garden, the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, and the Center for Media Innovation in DSC’s Communication Department. In addition, newly endowed scholarships were established during those opening years of the campaign.